Miller County residents react to men escaping from jail
Cortez Rashod Hooper, 23 (Source: Miller County Sheriff's Office)
Quincy Vernard Stewart, 35 (Source: Miller County Sheriff's Office)
MILLER COUNTY, AR (KSLA) -
Miller County, Arkansas residents are speaking out about two murder suspects that are still on the run after escaping from jail Monday morning.
Miller County Jail officials say 23-year-old Cortez Hooper and 35-year-old Quincy Stewart have been on the run since 4 a.m. Monday. Officials say the two men used a hacksaw to cut the bars and their cell window at the jail.
Residents say they are worried about safety and hope that the men can be caught soon. Paul Keener says his children attend College Hill Middle School near the Miller County Detention Center. "We definitely need some answers. No doubt about it we need some answers. Did they have some assistance getting away? We need some answers," says Keener. "I hope and pray they catch them real soon."
"It scares me with my kid being in school and knowing there is somebody out there that has not been caught yet. It makes me nervous," says Lori Jackson.
Nearby schools told KSLA News 12 that they are not on lockdown.
Other Miller County residents say they are on alert. "I am just keeping an eye on my kids when they are outside playing. I am keeping an eye on them and keeping my doors locked when we are all inside," says Carolyne Turrentine.
Miller County, Arkansas Sheriff Ron Stovall says a task force of city, state and federal officers have been created to try and get the two men back in custody as soon as possible. Stovall says they are still trying to determine how the men obtained the hacksaw. Stovall says he and Miller County Judge Larry Burgess are working to make changes to prevent this from happening again.
Anyone with information about where these two men are should call their local police department.